Contemporary Practice Management can keep Independent Physicians from Drowning
Originally Published by Illumination on Medium
Modern Healthcare is a swamp, as it is stuffed with political mud and legislative murk. To the irony, almost every penny spent on healthcare merely converges on emptying vast amounts of healthcare dollars into corporate pockets. We are besieged thru, the amendment string and executive orders one next to another while ordering mandates over one more.
All said and done with end up remains the elusive charming proposals to solve healthcare problems that drown physicians and patients alike while benefiting the few aristocrats. While at it, patients must still be cared for, and to accomplish such, physicians must survive, particularly those with solo independent practices. Because- Healthcare is personal and too sacred for a bureaucratic centralized corporate medicine to petition effectually. But while physicians are struggling to deliver what they know best for their patients, they must yet ensure compliance, be efficient, and, most of all, thrive.
With increasing legislative mandates that are the byproducts of a vicious circle amid administrative shortcuts and consecutive failures, keeping up with the bureaucratic provisions is becoming harder by the day. An Independent physician’s era, as showing up to practice and getting paid for the services they render, is a subject of the past. With the evolution of the merit-based reimbursement model and its impending global expansion, the challenge of keeping pâté above the water is the metaphorical portrayal of what independent doctors are experiencing.
For large entities, legislation and mandates partake a matter of strategic significance, as they strategically benefit from the chaos and ambiguity of the healthcare swamp. The majority of statutory healthcare ordinances, if not all, have been the primary contributor to the existing confusion. After all, it is factual that those who create chaos also know how to loophole it!
But Independent physicians can’t dodge the chaos and burden of corporate medicine, yet realistically cannot shift it their way overnight. So, first, they must adapt; then learn only after they can reform and take back what belongs to them.
Physicians, particularly those with independent medical practices, must engage in modern management if they desire to be competitive. Although it may sound over-optimistic for a solo physician to accept that they can indeed compete with the big guys, nonetheless considering the progress we as humans have made for science, technology, and problem-solving capacity, the latter is very much the reality.
First, we need to put out double standards and hypocrisy in Healthcare.
Health has become a political issue, but politics has been flawed for over a century, and the worst is yet to come. Some petition healthcare as a right, yet others declare it a privilege. They are speaking. Indeed, health is a right, as every individual needs and wishes to stay healthy. Nonetheless, keep on healthy is a mission, making Healthcare a tool to accomplish such a task. Patient autonomy has been destabilized, as they have been made to believe that Healthcare is an intricate issue, and there is no simple solution for its many problems.
Citizens have been accustomed to hold most Healthcare should be paid for by some other than the patient self, spawned by the government entitlement programs comparable to Medicare and Medicaid in the U.S.
We need a system where value is determined by individual patients directing their interests. That is in contrast to bureaucracy, where prices and values are customary by political and business objects that have absolute control over costs and the quality of medical services.
The healthcare system must ensure empowering and appealing patients in their healthcare decisions.
One of the foremost discords between high-performing medical clinic operations and practices that are falling overdue is around the technology they espouse.
High-performing stand-alone clinics are more likely to grip new information technology and care-management tools. Those that are under-performing are more likely to view these new technologies as just another government-mandated jumble. The problem doesn’t end in technology, as most independent physicians, particularly those practicing solo, feel policies, procedures, and protocols only belong to the large organizations. Nevertheless, we must start conceding that government administrations hold entities, irrespective of their scope of practice and size, to the same standards. Such naivety in the medical community is merely due to the highly sophisticated nature of the mainstream physician attitude.
Although as trivial as it may sound, the healthcare system is neither selective nor forgiving when it comes to patient care. An independent physician may choose not to pursue reforming their practice. However, once red-flagged, it will be hard to reverse the upheaval.
Patient Satisfaction and Physicians alike parallel that of High-Quality Performance.
Based on a survey by Care Cloud released in 2017, the practice performance Index revealed that high-performing medical practices had more contented doctors and patients. The study also clinched; the best performing practices were more likely to add new locations and staff. To the same extent, they were even more predisposed to implement new technologies like the Telehealth system.
Medical practices behindhand are less likely to improve or to score very high in patient satisfaction and physician satisfaction—instead, many reprimand software systems for bogging down their operations with an additional layer of intricacy.
Although there is validity to physician frustration regarding the available solutions, it is somewhat untimely to align poorly validated technology to the genuine answers that can potentially make independent physicians competitive and viable.
We are experiencing the upshot of products, technologies, and solutions that perpetually have fallen short of addressing the medical community’s wishes.
Despite what is being disseminated, technology alone will not help physicians stay ahead of their game, especially against big competitors like hospitals and managed care systems.
21st-century Healthcare Demands Modern Thinking
The fact stands, many practices that are not functioning at their topmost have been embracing technology-only solutions, the wrong sort of explanations. The software offered as a remedy to independent physician survival makes it more comfortable to run a medical practice. Still, software alone can’t do the work efficiently enough to the patient and physician expectations.
Large organizations have the resources to espouse new technologies and the workforce to become robust. More extensive health networks have crews of people in place, including administrators and consultants who can implement novel technologies and, at that point, warrant improving overall operations. They as well characteristically employ proficient personnel who supervise those technologies. Independent medical practices are not in such a position, but they can be.
Most private practices operate with a small group of doctors and the support of office staff that wields scheduling and other clerical work. Independent practices do not routinely have teams that manage compliance and maintain certification. Similarly, they do not often have experts who can roll out new technologies and integrate them into existing workflow.
Frequently, physicians who should be treating patients are the ones with the mountains of compliance paperwork and other administrative responsibilities.